Published: Apr 11, 2013 10:56 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 12, 2013 12:48 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral Police Department was filled with light last night. Families gathered at the annual Candlelight Ceremony to remember local men, women and children who've passed away, some, taken by violent crime. People shared pictures, held glow sticks, read poems and sang.

It was a reminder that Cape Coral Police Department and its Victim Assistance Program are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. "It's not a sad event. It's a very happy celebration of lives that we've lost," said Patricia Lucas, Victim Assistance Coordinator.

The Candlelight Ceremony wasn't just for victims of violent crime. It was for anyone who had lost a loved one for any reason.